Carpal tunnel syndrome
What is carpal tunnel syndrome?
What causes carpal tunnel syndrome?
How can carpal tunnel syndrome be treated?
Treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome will often involve relieving the strain on the hand, such as with a wrist splint, but it may also be advisable to try to avoid the activity/movement that caused the condition. If it’s due to using a mouse, you should see whether you can change the way you use the mouse or swap it for an ergonomic mouse, such as RollerMouse. It may also be a good idea to take a closer look at your keyboard, as its tilt may be crucial for the strain on the wrist and fingers. In some cases, surgery may be necessary, and you may also need to do various exercises to stretch the affected area, which can help alleviate pain and discomfort.
Can carpal tunnel syndrome be avoided completely?
However, you can minimise the risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome by being aware of the risk factors. Therefore, if you’re an office worker and spend a lot of hours in front of the computer, it’s a good idea to investigate howyou work with your keyboard and computer mouse and how to achieve the best working position before you begin to notice pain or discomfort.
Note: If you develop symptoms of mouse arm that might be related to your job, you should speak to your employer or health and safety representative (HSR). If you work a lot with a computer, you can investigate the possibility of changing your work assignments or swapping your traditional computer mouse for an ergonomic mouse, as this may contribute to relieving your pain. If your symptoms persist, we advise you to contact your doctor.
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